As an inveterate lover of neologisms, I am fiercely approviating of Sarah Palin's recent coinage: she called on peace-loving Muslisms [sic] to refudiate the proposed mosque at the World Trade Center site. This continues two grand American political traditions. The first is benign. Those politicians who have only a passing familiarity with proper English tend to be the most creative when it comes to wordiating. Warren G. Harding was responsible for two classics: "normalcy" (as opposed to "normality") and my all-time favorite "bloviating."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Adventures in Etymology.